Rolls-Royce secures $450m engine order

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Rolls-Royce will receive up to $450m from an order for V2500 engines and aftermarket services for a new fleet of 50 Airbus A320 aircraft from China Southern Airlines.

The airline already operates 74 V2500-powered aircraft, including the Boeing MD-90 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321. It has been operating this engine type since 1996.

As well as opting for the V2500SelectSM aftermarket support programme to cover its new fleet of engines, China Southern has also extended this agreement to encompass its existing fleet.

The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines consortium (IAE) in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder. In addition to Rolls-Royce, IAE’s partners are Pratt & Whitney of the United States, the Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines of Germany.

China Southern also operates four A330s powered by the Trent 700, with ten more on order, and in December 2005, the airline selected Trent 900 engines for five A380s.